Rashad Jennings of the Jacksonville Jaguars: The Big “If”

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Published: July 13, 2009

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... this past April, they were thrilled to land a quality player at a point in the draft when most of the options are long shots to make a roster.

What they did not realize is that they had drafted a player who was not only a special talent, but a true renaissance man.

The path Jennings took to get to this point in his football career is not the traditional road map most players follow.

It is part of what makes Jennings the quality individual he is.

Coming out of high school, the running back had a few offers to play college football. He chose the Pitt Panthers because he felt it was a good fit for his style of play, and because there was a fifth year senior starting he felt he could learn from.

Not only did Jennings learn from the veteran player, but he replaced him as a true freshman. In eight games, Jennings managed to generate more than 400 yards rushing, which was good enough for second on the Panthers' roster.

To even the casual observer, ...

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